Until a few weeks ago, nobody was talking about the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; a relatively unknown, non-binding UN document on international cooperation in the field of migration. In the last few weeks however, one state after another raised concerns or withdrew from the compact. Now it has become the centre…

This article is the part of a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Kingdom of Denmark is a small Nordic country situated south of Norway and Sweden, and just above Germany. Denmark has around 5,8 million inhabitants…

In Ukraine, hardly a week passes without news that some radical rightwing activists went on a strike or beat someone up. Hiding behind elusive topics like religion, language, patriotism and war, ultra-radicals continually commit crimes, still worsening Ukraine’s notorious reputation in this respect. And yet, despite all this, many ultra-nationalist organizations continue to grow. A…

This article is the second in a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Federal Republic of Germany is a parliamentary republic located in central and western Europe between the North and Baltic seas with a mainly temperate…

This article is the first of a series  by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country, and member of the EU, bordering Norway, Sweden, and Russia. Last year, the country turned…

For years the sardonic label I’ve used to describe my traversing of Europe to friends and family has been “Sam’s Misery Tour of Dead Jews.” The carnage is historical of course, but also current. To name just a few examples: In 2012, a gunman murdered 4 Jews and wounded 4 others at a Jewish school…

Here in Britain, we have a saying: ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’. In effect, don’t ask how something good came to be, just accept that it now is. Unfortunately, this way of thinking seems to be at the heart of British government policy. Big business as well as foreign and individual investment…

This article is the introduction to a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. 2018 is an important year for climate action and for IFLRY’s Climate Change Programme. This month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report predicting the consequences of…

Copyright laws have always struck me as a very good example of how Liberal ideas have been taken too far, subverting the rights and freedoms that they were initially supposed to confer. The first copyright law was the Statute of Anne, which was introduced in the UK in 1710. At this time, printing presses were…

Our nation’s wealth exists mostly because of globalisation and free trade. And yet, more and more often, globalisation is seen as something bad. For the most part however, these opinions are not based on facts but on rhetoric expressed by people who feel left behind. As a small country we have to import a lot…